Review Summary: A superb debut effort that displays immense talent
Bullet For My Valentine are frequently a band that serves as a gateway into metal music for people. Their albums are hives of angst, catchy choruses, and fast guitar solos, whilst remaining very accessible. The Poison is the first album in this band's career, and stands out as their strongest work to date.
This is a very strong metalcore album driven by many riffs that sway on the threshold of excellence. Her Voice Resides slices through expectations with a selection of great guitar riffs and screams of pure passion. Even a cheesy bridge involving some whiney clean singing does not detract from the quality here. Another great song is Four Words To Choke Upon, a monolith that thunders forward and boasts a superb chorus.
One real highlight of this album that sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill metalcore acts today is the guitar soloing. The lead work throughout Bullet's opus borders on brilliance, as is shown on fan favorite Tears Don't Fall. The first half of this track is a heartfelt slower number, until it explodes into a violent neck-snapper. From here, the audience is gifted a beautifully melodic solo.
Sadly, The Poison suffers from a lack of consistency towards the end. The songs begin to grate a little with some irritating choruses, and it just seems as though much of the creativity was used up on the first few songs. The vocals and drumming still remain intetesting despite this dip , and therefore these songs are not really bad. The screams are fantastic and the double bass work should bring immense pleasure.
Overall, The Poison is a fantastic debut effort from the Welsh metalcore titans and is deserving of a listen or two for anyone.